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Madsen Crushes Borgata Day 1b, Snags $5k
It looked a little like 2006 all over again today at the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City as Jeff Madsen crushed his way to the Day 1b chip lead.
The 2006 WSOP Player of the Year who came from nowhere to win two bracelets, Madsen found some of that magic again to top all 853 players who bought in today with his final stack of 216,925.
While the chip lead is nice, it was also enough to earn him the bonus $5k the WPT put up for the end-of-day chipleader.
By far the biggest hand of the day for Madsen came relatively early in Level 3 when he flopped a full house with pocket nines.
His opponents held T♥ 8♦ and J♣ T♦ on the T♠ T♣ 9♠ flop, both got it in after some raising/deliberation and then watched their stacks slide over to Madsen when no help came on the turn or river.
Madsen was up over 100k at that point and never looked back, making it to 165k by the dinner break and cruising to the end of day.
Also bagging up a lot of chips tonight were Matt Affleck, who ran his 30k starting stack up to 156,075, and David Williams, who sits right behind him at 153,850.
WSOP Ladies Event winner Marsha Wolak also had a good day, finishing at 138,125.
Other players from the Day 1b field who return for Day 2 tomorrow are Maria Ho (108k), Robert Mizrachi (76k), Brent Hanks (70k), Kathy Liebert (64k), Gavin Smith (58k) and Joe Bartholdi (48k).
Busting out today were Dwyte Pilgrim, Dan O’Brien, Allen Bari, Brett Richey, Chino Rheem, Scott Seiver, Ryan D’Angelo, Tony Dunst and Olivier Busquet.
A total of 1,313 players bought in across the two Day 1s this year, including 143 who bought in twice, making it the largest event in the WPT's 10-year history.
Given the massive turnout the payouts are also looking good for the top finishers with $922,441 reserved for first, $554,303 for second and $335,433 for third.
The 786 survivors left from the first two days of play will combine tomorrow starting at 11 am.
Madsen will start the day in second place in the overall chip counts behind Abe Korotki, who finished Day 1a with 260,100.
Joining them at the top with their Day 1a chip stacks are Vanessa Selbst, Will "The Thrill" Failla and Darren Elias.
Follow along with the live updates from the WPT team here.
The top 10 chip counts from Day 1b:
1. Jeff Madsen - 216,925
2. Edgar Lemus-Argueta - 191,925
3. Dan Wach - 164,825
4. Ronald Pease - 156,250
5. Matt Affleck - 156,075
6. David Williams - 153,850
7. Matt Levin - 145,425
8. Marsha Wolak - 138,125
9. Kyle Burnside - 124,425
10. Mark Gregorich - 115,000